The Afghanistan Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD) serves as the executive agency of the NSP. The NSP Project Implementation Unit (PIU) comprises 1 headquarter, 6 regional coordination and 34 provincial management units. The Headquarters’ unit includes an executive and an operations directorate together overseeing a total of 10 departments.
The PIU includes a total of 298 headquarter staff with 4 senior management staff and 679 field staff which includes 732 implementation and 249 support staff. An international consultancy firm is contracted as the Financial Management Agent (FMA) to manage the NSP’s bank account and financial operations. 4 individual international consultants provide technical assistance in a variety of key areas.
Facilitating Partners (FPs):
The NSP has contracted a total of 33 FPs to support the communities in NSP field implementation. Their role includes the establishment and capacity building of the CDCs, and the oversight, monitoring and technical assistance in the planning and implementation of the communities’ subprojects financed by the NSP block grants. Currently the contracted FPs includes 1 UN-Agency, 9 national non-for-profit NGOs, 21 international non-for-profit NGOs and 1 national firms and 1international firm .
The NSP receives funding from four primary sources: the World Bank’s International Development Association (IDA), the Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund (ARTF), the Japanese Social Development Fund (JSDF) and bilateral donors. Contributors to the NSP via the ARTF include Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, EC/EU, Finland, Germany, Norway, Sweden, UK/ DFID, and the United States. Bilateral donors include the Governments/ Embassies/ International Aid Agencies from Cyprus, Denmark, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway and Switzerland. The proportion of the funding received to-date is as follows: US$ 437.84 Million (22%) IDA, US$ 1369.48 Million (69%) ARTF, US$ 41.81 Million (2%) JSDF and US$ 130.80 Million (7%) bilateral funds. Funding from some donors are “preferrenced” by geographic are or core components.
NSP Steering Committee:
This is an inter-ministerial committee established to provide advice on overall programme direction and policies. It is chaired by HE the Second Vice President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. The MRRD serves as the secretariat for the steering committee.